Historical records matching Brigadier James Noel Tetley, DSO
About Brigadier James Noel Tetley, DSO
President of Joshua Tetley & Sons Ltd, brewers, &c.
Brigadier James Noel Tetley, DSO, TD, DL, LLD (30 December 1898 – 25 December 1971) was a member of a prominent Yorkshire brewing family and a senior officer in Britain's Territorial Army who saw active service in Italy during World War II.
James Noel Tetley was born on 30 December 1898 in Headingley, Leeds, to Frank Tetley and his wife Harriett Constance. The Tetley family founded and directed Joshua Tetley & Son of Leeds, one of the largest brewers in the country.
Towards the end of World War I, aged 19, Noel Tetley was commissioned into the Prince of Wales's Own West Yorkshire Regiment (Second lieutenant 19 May 1918). However, the war ended before he could proceed overseas on active service. On the reformation of the part-time Territorial Force after the Armistice, Noel Tetley joined the 7th (Leeds Rifles) Bn, PWO West Yorkshire Regiment. This was the 'family regiment': the original volunteers for the Leeds Rifles in 1859 had come from Tetley employees, and the Commanding Officer in 1919 was Noel's cousin Lt-Col (later Brigadier) Charles Harold Tetley, DSO.
Noel Tetley steadily rose in the Leeds Rifles between the World Wars, becoming Commanding Officer of 7th Battalion with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel on 16 February 1938. The following November, the 7th (Leeds Rifles) was converted from infantry to the armoured role, becoming 45th (Leeds Rifles) Bn, Royal Tank Regiment. Soon afterwards the company based in Morley, West Yorkshire, split off to form 51st (Leeds Rifles) Bn, Royal Tank Regiment.
World War 2, Tetley was engaged in training his Territorial soldiers, and once war was declared his battalion took in new drafts of militiamen (wartime conscripts) for training, even though there were no real tanks to train on until February 1940. In December 1941 a new 34th Army Tank Brigade was created and Tetley was promoted Acting Brigadier to take command of it.
Tetley was granted the rank of Honorary Colonel on 1 March 1945, and later was awarded the Territorial Decoration with four clasps.
James Noel died on 25 December 1971 at age 71 at home, Moor House, Shadwell Lane, Leeds